[ kar-ee-oh-ver ]
/ ˈkær iˌoʊ vər /
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that which is carried over, postponed, or extended to a later time, account, etc.
Bookkeeping. the total of one page of an account carried forward to the next.
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Origin of carry-over

First recorded in 1735–45; noun use of verb phrase carry over
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British Dictionary definitions for carry-over

carry over

verb (tr, adverb)
to postpone or defer
accounting tax accounting another term for carry forward
(on the London Stock Exchange) to postpone (payment or settlement) until the next account day
noun carry-over
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Other Idioms and Phrases with carry-over

carry over


See carry forward, def. 1.


To keep something, usually merchandise, for a subsequent period. For example, We'll carry over this summer's bathing suits for next winter's resort season.


Persist from one time or situation to another, as in His leadership in sports carried over to the classroom. [Late 1800s]

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